Killing of 7 suspected robbers: Govt probes police shooting … 5-member c’ttee given month to present report

Mr Asante-Apeatu, IGP

Mr Asante-Apeatu, IGP

A five-member committee has been inaugurated to investigate the circumstances leading to the killing of the seven people suspected to be robbers at Manso Nkwanta, in the Ashanti Region.

The committee, inaugurated by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, on Monday, is made up of a representative each from the Christian community, Muslim community; the Regional Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council, with Justice of a High Court in the region, as the chairman.

A statement sighted by the Ghanaian Times, indicated that the committee has one month to submit its report to the regional minister.

The development followed a statement by the Information Minister, Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid assuring that an independent body would be set up to undertake a thorough investigation to ascertain the truth about the shooting incident.

This was a result of controversies surrounding the incident, with the police claiming the deceased were suspected robbers, and the Zongo community and families of the deceased kicking against the police claim, insisting that they are not robbers.

The shooting, which took place on July 16,2018, had seen irate youth from the Zongo community protesting, which resulted in  pandemonium at the Central Mosque, during a visit of a team of the police led by the Inspector-General of Police ( IGP), David Asante-Appeatu, who had to abandon a meeting to call ‘talk’ peace, in the area.

The IGP, in the company of the Information Minister, Dr  Hamid, Minister of Zongo Development, Abubakar Boniface Saddque, Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, among others, had met with the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, over the incident.

At the Central Mosque, Mr Asante-Appeatu appealed for calm as the police investigation was on course, adding, “I am here to get details, we just arrived from Accra, so if there is anything, it is very early to talk about the investigation that is ongoing so you can allow us some time”.

The irritate youth attempted to set the Asawasi Police Station on fire but failed, the station was closed down and taken over by armed military men, after a clash with the police.

Earlier, Ashanti Regional Police Command vowed to investigate the killing of the seven suspected robbers.

According to the Regional Police  Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police ( DCOP ) Kwasi Duku, no stone would be left unturned to establish the veracity as to whether they were suspected robbers or not.

DCOP Duku indicated that the police received information that some suspected robbers were attacking a mining site àt Manso Nkwanta, in the Amansie West District of Ashanti,

He said policemen, who were deployed to the area, spotted a Toyota Corolla, BA 294-15, heading towards Poano, and it was signalled to stop, but the occupants refused and started firing at the police, who returned fire.

The shootout came barely a week after eight suspected robbers engaged the police in a crossfire resulting in the killing of one of the police and injury of another.

FROM KINGSLEY E.HOPE, KUMASI

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